Family's pride as young Sunderland skier, 10, heads to Italy for Alpine Championships
A 10-year-old Sunderland lad is quickly becoming a rising star in the world of skiing.
Izaac Ellison, from Sunderland, started skiing around five years ago at the dry slope at Silksworth and has gone on to win nine racing competitions and place second in eight in the last year.
And having trained on dry slopes and artificial snow, when Izaac competed in the Bormio English Alpine Championships, in Italy, last year he placed 5th out of 46 racers – even though he’d only skied on really snow for the first time two days before.
Now he’s getting ready to race at the championships again and the youngster, who trains five times a week, has high hopes for the competition.
And his proud parents Neil and Julienne Ellison and older brother Ethan, 16, are backing him all the way.
Neil, 52, who works at Nissan, said: “We are immensely proud of Izaac’s achievements during his first year of racing.
“He has done exceptionally well due to his hard work and dedication in his training sessions.
“He has never been one for public praise and is very modest about his achievements which is such a lovely characteristic at 10 years old. We can’t stop smiling.
“(In 2019) he has moved up to the under-12 being the youngest in the category.
“He is currently the British Outdoor, English Open and All England champion. He finished second in the overall GBR series and 1st in my YOB, competing with boys who are a year older than him.”
Izaac was also part of Esskia Under-14 team champion and fastest time of the under 14 finals and was selected for the Esskia schools primary squad training camp.
John Greenwood, Silksworth Sports complex Ggeneral manager, said: “Izaac always showed signs of being a very talented skier and with his hard work and dedication to training he is meeting that potential.
“Izaac is a regular on the podium in pretty much all the races he enters and is always a contender for wins in his age group and often registers times faster than skiers a lot older than himself.”